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the ICSOR GRANT 2020 winner

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Caro collega,
il vincitore dell’ICSOR GRANT 2020 è il professor Robert Woodberry, Baylor University, USA. Il tema di ricerca è “Religione e cambiamento sociale in due secoli: Mappatura delle attività della Chiesa cattolica dai documenti dell’Archivio Apostolico Vaticano & Propaganda Fide”.
La qualità delle domande è stata elevata e la selezione molto difficile.

Cordiali saluti.
Ciao. 
Roberto Cipriani


Dear Colleague,

The ICSOR GRANT 2020 winner is Professor Robert Woodberry, Baylor University, USA. The research topic is ” Religion and Social Change over Two Centuries: Mapping the Activities of the Catholic Church from Documents in the Vatican Apostolic & Propaganda Fide Archives”.  The quality of applications has been high and the selection very difficult.

Best regards.
Ciao.
Roberto Cipriani

Postponement of the IV ISA Forum of Sociology to February 2021

As you have been informed recently, the Executive Committee of the ISA decided to postpone the IV ISA Forum of Sociology in Porto Alegre, Brazil, to February 23-27, 2021

We are aware that this postponement may be problematic for many of you. The size and speed of the Covid-19 outbreak gave us no other solution. We will redouble our energy and motivation to use these seven months delay to make this Forum a major and insightful meeting of the global sociological community in extraordinary times.

All the activities that have been prepared for the Forum will be maintained. This includes the regular session as much as the plenaries and the common sessions. We will however provide some flexibility to the RC that would like to adapt their program and, if they decide so, to allow their participants to update the title and abstracts of their contribution to the Forum. The abstract selected for the Forum in July 2020 remain thus valid for the Forum in February 2021.

Together with a new “early registration deadline”, we have set a new calendar that allows some flexibility to RCs that wish to update and re-open some of their panels to new participants to replace the colleagues who will not be able to join us in February and to take into account the questions and challenges raised by the Covid-19 outbreak, its social impact and the world that will come out of it.

15 September – 15 October 2020

  • The authors of abstracts selected for the ISA Forum will be invited to confirm their participation to the Forum before October 15th, 2020. They may update their abstract and title, in consultation with their session organizers or RC program coordinators.

15 October 2020 Final day to confirm participation by authors of the already accepted abstracts.

  • The abstracts that have not been not confirmed will be automatically removed from the program

16 – 25 October 2020 Publication of the calls for new abstracts proposals by the RC/WG/TG

26 October – 12 November 2020 Submission of new abstracts proposals via online platform

12 November 2020 Deadline for new abstract submissions

24 November 2020 Authors are notified about the acceptance or rejection of their abstracts
15 December2020 Presenters final registration deadline (early registration fees apply).

We are aware that postposing the Forum will require additional work for our RC program coordinators, presidents and boards, for the Local Organizing Committee and in particular for its president Hermilio Santos, and for the ISA Secretariat. We would like to thank each of them and ensure them we will be there to support them. On our side, have no doubt that we will use this delay to make this Forum an insightful space, to reinforce the existing panels and projects and to set up new ones, such as the “Sociological Movies section” for which a call will soon be published.

The CoVid outbreak is shaking our world in a way that no one expected and will have deep consequences on our world and the way we see it. The 2021 ISA Forum of Sociology will be a unique opportunity to learning from colleagues from all continents and sharing analyses of the crisis, its social impacts and the world that will emerge out of it with. We look very much forward to seeing all of you.

Sari Hanafi, President of the International Sociological Association

Geoffrey Pleyers, ISA Vice President for Research and President of the IV ISA Forum of Sociology

Association for the Sociology of Religion 2020 Conference Cancelled

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 ASR Annual Meeting in San Francisco has been cancelled. There remains great uncertainty around whether this global health crisis will be resolved by August. Some experts are predicting social distancing orders will last at least through the summer.  The American Sociological Association has cancelled its SF conference, and we do, too.

This news is very disappointing. Every year, we look forward to intellectually stimulating research and conversation, sharing teaching experiences, and navigating grant opportunities. I want to express my sincere gratitude to our current President, James Cavendish, and our Program Chair, Brian Starks, who have already put a lot of work into creating a conference theme, proposing joint sessions with the ASA, soliciting session proposals and abstract submissions, and fielding questions about the Annual Meeting. I also appreciate the time and effort that ASR’s Council has dedicated to helping us plan this conference.

If you already registered for this conference, we will be happy to refund your money in full. We would also be happy to accept your payment as a generous donation to the ASR. If you would like a refund for your registration fee, please email me.

Please stay safe and healthy, and I look forward to seeing you again soon.  

Sincerely,

Rachel Kraus, PhD, MPA
ASR Executive Officer
Professor of Sociology
Ball State University

Free BSA sociology magazine

Socrel members who are not members of the British Sociological Association and therefore don’t receive their regular newsmagazine may enjoy their Spring Issue, which is being made freely available now through the link below. Lots of interesting articles, plus reflections on five indispensable sociology of religion books to take to your desert island.

I hope the link below stays live on this list-serve; any problems please get in touch.

FREE ACCESS TO THE LATEST ISSUE – Download the latest issue of Network (Spring 2020)

which includes the following:

  • Feature: The BSA has cancelled its three main conferences this year amid the pandemic.
  • Robert Dingwall, sociologist of law, is given award for his work.
  • Sociology may become more difficult after Brexit, says Dennis Smith.
  • Desert Island Discourse with Abby Day.

[NZASR] Cancellation of IAHR 2020 World Congress

Kia ora koutou

It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of the 22nd World Congress of the IAHR which was to have been held in Otago, New Zealand.

Following our previous update on 10 March, we have continued to monitor the situation which (as we are sure you are all aware) has only become worse almost everywhere. Today, New Zealand has entered a period of total lockdown – no-one is permitted to leave their home except to fetch essential items of food and fuel, or for short walks in their neighbourhood. The borders are closed to all but New Zealand citizens, residents and their immediate family members.

The hope, of course, is that such a lockdown will eliminate the virus within New Zealand and allow a return to normal life. But there can be no certainty that this will succeed. Even (or perhaps especially) if New Zealand is successful in eliminating the virus here, there will continue to be tight restrictions on who can travel to New Zealand. It is already clear that we cannot possibly meet in August. We have considered a long postponement, but for many of us (including the local organisers) the first priority in the coming months will be providing teaching to our students in order to minimize the impact on their education. It is not at all clear even when we might begin to be able to plan with any certainty for a large international gathering in the near future. We have also considered also the possibility of holding a virtual Congress online, but New Zealand’s time zone and limited IT infrastructure means that we are not well-placed to do so.

We will contact separately those who have already registered for the Congress, to make arrangements to refund registration, accommodation and excursion fees paid in advance. In the current environment (everyone in New Zealand working from home) this may take a little while and we ask again for your patience.

The Executive Committee of the IAHR will make a further announcement about the consequences of the cancellation for the business meetings of the IAHR that would have been conducted in New Zealand.

We would like to extend our thanks to all those who submitted abstracts. We thank also the academic programme committee who reviewed the abstracts and to the many others who supported the Congress in different way, and in particular the officers of the IAHR Executive Committee. We look forward to meeting again in happier times!

Will Sweetman and Satoko Fujiwara
on behalf of the organising committee

The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) is Going Virtual

We are living through a public health emergency unprecedented in our lifetimes. This has thrown our inherent connection and the inequalities that fracture our societies into stark relief. It is changing many aspects of how we live and work and it will change the way that The Australian Sociological Association operates. 

TASA will be going virtual. Resources we put towards face-to-face activities will be redeployed towards virtual initiatives. Unfortunately, our 2020 TASA Conference scheduled for November at the ANU is postponed. We will announce a new date as soon as we can.
We will not be doing less this year, however. Hopefully we will be doing more. Many of us will need a moment to pause, to take in what is going on and adjust the way we live, including more time physically on our own or with family and the consequences that come with this.
As many have pointed out, this is a time when physical distancing is crucial but where we should remain as socially connected as we can. In the coming weeks we will announce how we will reshape our support for our members and for Thematic Group, Social Sciences Week and other TASA events.
Many of us need a moment to catch our breath but soon we will return to our sociology, whether concretely contributing to understanding the inherent social dimensions of the current crisis or the other important questions about how we live together that we will continue to pursue. We will need to work together to do this and TASA will facilitate it.
We will also need to laugh with each other and share experiences of the changes we face. So, we are also looking at how we keep the social dimension of TASA going in virtual platforms across the coming weeks and months.
At this stage I want to highlight

  • Our upcoming special section of Health Sociology Review on Sociology and the COVID-19 Pandemic, edited by Professor Deborah Lupton.
  • The first of our new lunch-time online seminars, Peta Cook on ‘Ageism and COVID-19’, April 23rd, 12:30pm – 1:30pm via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/979751205 (will also be recorded and uploaded to TASA’s YouTube channel.)
  • Our Nexus blog is ready to receive your pandemic or non-pandemic related reflections. 
  • Our new all-member forum for your contributions on ‘Doing sociology in unsettled times’ 
  • We have also purchased a Zoom account that supports virtual events up to 100 participants. If you are a TASA member planning an event and would like to use this resource, please contact Sally Daly

We will announce other opportunities soon. 

Yours in sociology 

Dan Woodman (on behalf of the TASA Executive Committee) 

The 25th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion – Call for Papers deadline extended

The planning committee for The 25th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion is monitoring the situation and development for the Corona virus closely, and will be following all the recommendations concerning travel and public events given by Swedish authorities. We will accordingly take any measures needed and publish our decisions promptly on our website. However, we are presently continuing the preparation process and are hopeful that the conference will take place as planned.

We realize that some of you might be concerned whether you will be able to attend. In order to give you all time to thoroughly evaluate the situation, we will be extending the deadline for abstracts until April 15. We will also not be accepting any payments for the conference until May 11.

We will keep you all updated on our website. https://lir.gu.se/forskning/konferenser/the-25th-nordic-conference-in-the-sociology-of-religion

IV ISA Forum of Sociology Update – Managing Covid-19 Risk

Dear all,

Greetings and salutations! In modern history, the world has never seen a global situation of the magnitude that we are witnessing these days. A serious threat emerged from coronavirus generating worries and even public panic. Yet, as Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization pointed out: “Our greatest enemy right now is not the virus itself. It’s fear, rumors and stigma. And our greatest assets are facts, reason and solidarity.”

The ISA is monitoring the updates from the World Health Organization with regards to the health risks associated with coronavirus and will act accordingly for the ISA Forum in July 2020. So far, we have adopted the following measures:

  1. Extension of the deadline for presenters’ registration to 19 April 2020
  2. Registration fees will be reimbursed:
    • To presenters who will not be able to attend because of state-mandated travel restrictions, unless they want to present their papers in virtual format
    • To attendees who will not be able to attend because of state-mandated travel restrictions
    • To everyone in case the Forum is finally cancelled for sanitary safety reasons

We will of course keep you informed of further developments.

Best regards,

Sari Hanafi
President, International Sociological Association
Professor of Sociology, American University of Beirut

ISAGRAM issue 182, March 2020

CONFERENCES

Feminist Approaches to Justice: Sexual Violence and
the Peace-to-War Continuum

UN Commission on the Status of Women
ISA Parallel event
New York, USA
March 11, 2020

Democracy in Crisis
International Social Theory Consortium
University of South Florida, USA
May 14-16, 2020
Abstracts March 15, 2020
 
Multidimensional Risks in the XXI Century
ISA TG04  – ESA RN22 Risk & Uncertainty
Joint Midterm Conference
Narni and Perugia, Italy
October 13-14, 2020
Abstracts: March 15, 2020

Law and Digital Society: Re-Imagining the Futures
ISA Research Committee on Sociology of Law
Lund University, Sweden
August 24-26, 2020
Abstracts: March 15, 2020

Max Weber Around the World
A Workshop in Commemoration of the 100th
Anniversary of his Death
Istanbul, Turkey
October 19-20, 2020
Abstracts: March 20, 2020

Culture, Politics, and Education in the Trump Era
Chicago Ethnography Conference
DePaul University, USA
April 25, 2020
Abstracts: March 25, 2020

 Rethinking the free time/work time divide
Université Paris-Est Créteil, France
October 8-9, 2020
Proposals: April 1, 2020

PUBLICATIONS

 The Palgrave Handbook of Global Social Problems
Call for papers
Abstracts: March 30, 2020

 Oxford Handbook of the Power, Politics and Social
Work  

Call for papers
Abstracts: March 30, 2020

 Elgar’s Handbook of Global Aging and Welfare
Challenges

Call for papers
Abstracts: March 30, 2020

 Creating Mixed Communities through Housing
Policies: Global Perspectives

Call for papers
Special Issue of Journal of Urban Affairs
Abstracts: March 31, 2020

PRIZE

RC33 Best Paper Award and Best Paper by a Young
Scholar Award 2020

Research Committee on Logic and Methodology in
Sociology (RC33)
Submissions: March 31, 2020

VIII ISA Worldwide Competition for Junior
Sociologists

International Sociological Association
Nominations: March 31, 2021

FELLOWSHIPS

Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences 2020
Linking Theory and Empirical Research
Berlin, Germany
July 20-30, 2020
Applications: March 22, 2020

4 Ad Astra PhD Scholarship
University College Dublin, Ireland
Applications: March 31, 2020

Travel Grant for Starting Scholars from Overseas
The 93rd Annual Meeting of the Japan Sociological
Society
Matsuyama University, Japan
October 31- November 1, 2020
Applications: April 16, 2020
JOB OPENINGS

Full-time Assistant Professor in International
Relations

Central European University
Vienna, Austria
Applications: March 31, 2020